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Classic TV Drama: The Onedin Line – #49 – S04 E07 “A Clear Conscience”


A great Brit TV Classic – this episode

Uncle Percy Spendilow is accused of stealing two £5 notes from Frazer’s office, and is sentenced to six months hard labour. James’ daughter Charlotte has diphtheria. Elizabeth bribes a prison guard to be kind to Spendilow while they try to discover the truth. Robert fusses over James’ accounts – trying to count his worth. James reveals that his £15 share has grown perhaps 12,000 times under James’ tutelage. Baines and Matt see Elizabeth’s clerk, Drummond, spending freely, and a sting is arranged: he’s left to count loose cash, and steals a marked £5 note. Charlotte recovers. James is accused of being too hard on the now-freed Spendilow, but Spendilow confesses he did take the money – the clerk only succumbed to the temptation of Elizabeth’s entrapment

The Onedin Line is a BBC television drama series, which ran from 1971 to 1980. The series was created by Cyril Abraham.

The series is set in Liverpool from 1860 to 1886[1] and covers the rise of a fictional shipping company, the Onedin Line, named after its owner James Onedin. Around this, it depicts the lives of his family, most notably his brother and partner Robert, a ship chandler, and his sister Elizabeth, giving insight into the lifestyle and customs at the time, not only at sea, but also ashore (mostly lower- and upper-middle-class). The series also illustrates some of the changes in business and shipping, such as from wooden to steel ships and from sailing ships to steamships. It shows the role that ships played in such matters as international politics, uprisings and the slave trade.


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